Once news of Limbaugh's decision to evacuate circulated, many on social media took the chance to mock the radio host.
Don't think that, "Oh okay, if I live on the eastern side of Florida, I'm home free". We sincerely hope those in south Florida ignored his hurricane wisdom, which is just as ill-informed as his political wisdom.
Just days after dismissing panic over oncoming mega-storm Hurricane Irma as nothing more than an agenda-driven effort by climate change believers to demonstrate that global warming is having an immediate and catastrophic impact on our planet, sentient mashed potato snowman Rush Limbaugh admitted that, yes, he'd actually be evacuating his home in South Florida after all. "They're all media", Limbaugh said, "They're all journalists".
In any case, it's a massive and powerful storm, despite the attempts by some to paint it as another liberal conspiracy.
NBC meteorologist Al Roker leveled harsh criticism at Limbaugh for his comments, and the latter ultimately said on his radio program that Irma was "dire" and "mammoth", according to The Hill. So here comes a hurricane that's 10 to 12 days out and here come the initial model runs, and if it's close-sometimes it's not close, sometimes the hurricane will turn to the north out in the mid-Atlantic and there's no way you can fake that.
And you can't just fill old milk jugs from the bathtub and forget about it. FEMA says to buy commercially bottled water if at all possible. People listen to that, they believe him. Doing the show Friday would be "legally impossible".
Limbaugh said on his radio show that hurricanes are a quick way to advance the climate change agenda because of the fear that it creates.
Roker said Irma is a life-threatening storm and that it's "almost criminal" if anyone tells you otherwise.
Limbaugh's voice is part of the "noise" of uninformed opinions that is detrimental to getting a clear message across to citizens, said Bryan Norcross, senior hurricane specialist at The Weather Channel. He painted the storm's early forecasts as a grand conspiracy between local retailers and media, meteorologists and public officials hungry to sell the public on the reality of climate change. They don't have to go through the environmentalist wackos.
In fact, most serious climate scientists acknowledge little linkage between climate change and hurricanes in the past century.